Local people have spoken: Tooting mural decided
Published: Wednesday 21st February 18
Wandsworth residents have spoken, with over 600 people voting for the mural of their choice to be produced this week, on the site of Church Lane car park in Tooting, which has become a fly-tipping hot spot.
The end result was very close, but the winning mural design (pictured below) received 54% of the vote, and will be produced by renowned street artist Will Vibes from Anysurface.
Research suggests that when somewhere looks nice, people are less likely to dump their rubbish there. Therefore, as well as the mural, the car park will undergo a general tidy up to make it into a place the community can be proud of, and deter people from illegally dumping rubbish.
This work is part of Wandsworth Council’s #NeatStreets Tooting initiative that launches on Thursday 22 February in partnership with award winning environmental charity Hubbub. Over the coming months, Wandsworth Council will be trialling some innovative ideas in Tooting to help combat littering across the borough. Residents will have the opportunity to get involved in a number of activities including a community clean-up day, sprucing up Church Lane car park, and gum chalking events. Find out more here.
The council’s environment spokesman Jonathan Cook said:
‘‘Tooting is a diverse and exciting place to live, work and visit. The transformation of Church Lane car park is a great example of how #NeatStreets Tooting will celebrate what makes the area unique while tackling the causes of littering. We are thrilled to have a street artist involved and hope that this new way of doing things will have the anticipated impact.”
We all share the same desire for the place where we live to be the best it can be – a place that is clean, safe and easy to get around. That’s why one of Wandsworth Council’s key Brighter
Borough for All priorities is to ensure cleaner, greener and safer neighbourhoods, and linked to our long standing campaign to keep Wandsworth clean.